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FDA finds contamination issues at Ameridose

– Federal health inspectors found more than a dozen manufacturing problems, including leaky ceilings and insects, at a drug-making facility with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday released the results of a month-long inspection of Ameridose, a Westborough, Mass.-based company that makes injectable drugs.

Inspectors said they found insects within 10 feet of a supposedly sterile area where drugs were manufactured. In another case, inspectors reported a bird flying into a room where drugs are stored.

Ameridose agreed to shut down for inspection in October after tainted steroids from its sister company, the New England Compounding Center, were linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that has spread to 19 states and caused 32 deaths.

Police shoot, kill Marine in California

Police fatally shot a Camp Pendleton Marine who struck an officer with a car in a parking garage in Palm Springs, Calif., authorities said Monday.

The Marine repeatedly ignored orders to stop after being approached by officers on bike patrol around 2 a.m. Saturday, the Palm Springs Police Department said in a statement.

NY governor seeks $30 billion in aid

Andrew Cuomo plans to request $30 billion in federal aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, which heavily damaged parts of New York City and Long Island, he said Monday.

The administration will seek a supplemental appropriation to cover infrastructure, repair and emergency costs beyond those normally covered by federal emergency aid, Cuomo said. “I’ve asked for 100 percent reimbursement,” he said.

More than 70,000 customers of Long Island Power Authority in New York were still without electricity Monday, two weeks after Sandy struck.

Arizona’s Sinema wins House seat

Former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been elected to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district. She becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

Sinema had a narrow lead on election night that made the race too close to call. But she slowly pulled away as more ballots were tallied in recent days.

Toddler found in cage in Oklahoma

A Tulsa man was arrested after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage, his naked 4-year old daughter outside on a cold afternoon and him asleep in a drug or alcohol “induced stupor,” police said Monday.

After a neighbor called police after finding the older child outside the family’s home, police discovered the 18-month-old was covered in feces and that a 3-year-old child was asleep in another room.

The three children were placed into the custody of the Department of Human Services, and the father was arrested on a child neglect complaint.

US re-elected to UN Rights Council

The United States was re-elected to another three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in the only contested election for the organization’s top human rights body.

The U.S. was competing with four countries for three open seats belonging to the Western Group on the council. Germany and Ireland were also elected by the General Assembly.

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